You must follow the new rules and put your hair in a braid!
Our new land looks amazing! We even have farmers to help us with crops!
With the weakening of the Ming dynasty, the Manchus were able to take control of china. The Qing dynasty began in 1636. In 1644 the Chinese capital (Beijing) was captured and the Ming Dynasty called on the Manchus for help. The Manchus took this opportunity to create the Qing dynasty. Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong ruled the empire from 1644 to 1912.
For 300 years they were able to maintain a cooperative empire under their leadership by continuing Ming policies. However, some changes were made. Such as, Chinese Citizens were to wear a braid in their hair to identify themselves.
Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong strengthened the empire by expanding it, reducing taxes, and increasing the dynasty's wealth by increasing farming and trade.
Our Dynasty is crumpling in front of our eyes. We failed to succeed.
Farming kept farmers busy growing enough food to supply their own families and the growing populations in the rest of China. SIlk with hand painted artwork became a popular skill in Qing China.
Lord McCartney brought British goods to China for trade in 1763. Qing leaders opened there ports to more European influence, including Jesuits spreading Christianity, weakening their control and leading the Chinese to fall to British Control in later years.
The Qing Dynasty collapsed in 1912 due to corruption, peasant unrest, ruler inexperience, and population growth which led to food shortages. The Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty in China.